Automobiles

1957 Jaguar XKSS Jaguar racecars of the 1950s remain among that era’s most stirring, valued today for their looks, performance, and rarity. The 1951 C-Type ushered in the decade and was followed by...
If one of the rarest and most desirable supercars of the past were updated to offer modern levels of speed, handling, and comfort, the resulting vehicle ought to be fantastic. The Jaguar E-Type Low...
Seldom does the brand name Jaguar evoke a car suited for unbridled extroverts, a vehicle that is the shameless, attention-seeking life of the automotive party. Yet the designers of the XKR-S...
The GIFT A 1927 Bentley 6½ Litre Vanden Plas Sports Tourer. A made-to-order 2012 Bentley Continental GTC convertible. An exclusive visit to the Bentley factory in Crewe, England, followed by a one-...
In securing its vaunted reputation for speed and agility, Lotus Cars has generally eschewed big horsepower figures, instead adhering to founder Colin Chapman’s mantra, “To add speed, add lightness.”...
Twenty-odd years of fastidious engineering and unsurpassed quality have put Lexus in the pantheon of luxury automakers. But if there’s been one gripe leveled at Toyota’s luxury division over the...
Open to cars produced between 1927, and 1957, the Mille Miglia historic rally has become one of Europe’s most exciting motoring events. When the Italian organizers sanctioned a North American Mille...
To comprehend the motivation for the Maserati Kubang , unveiled as a production-aimed “concept” at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, one need look no further than Stuttgart, Germany, where Porsche’s...
Equipped with the same 6-liter V-12 engine as its DB-designated counterparts, the Virage fits...
In his 1978 top-40 hit "Life’s Been Good," Joe Walsh sang about his Maserati doing 185 mph (and about losing his license as a result of driving that fast). The boast was as dubious as the rock star’s...
Good news for America’s children and vertically challenged who are going to ride shotgun in the Pagani Huayra: You will be able to do so without fearing harm from the car’s passenger-side airbag. But...
1965 Lamborghini 3500 GTZ When Lamborghini came on the scene with its first V-12 GT, in 1964, the car wore an elegant—if eccentric—Superleggera body designed by Milan’s Carrozzeria Touring. Soon...
A plucky Birmingham, Ala., upstart is on track to deliver the next great American sport touring motorcycle. Engineered with assistance from automotive speed shop Pratt & Miller, the Motus MST and...
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s aphorism "Less is more" certainly applies to the Ferrari 458 Spider ( www.ferrari.com ), which is scheduled to arrive in North America early next year. The Spider...
A final set of admonishments prompted the expected groans of displeasure as we prepared to drive Lamborghini’s latest and maybe last versions of the Gallardo on the track at New York’s Monticello...
When the latest iteration of Audi ’s A8 debuted for 2011, it presented a stupefying blend of artful design, cutting-edge technology, and business-class luxury. The standard A8 4.2 and the quick-to-...
The world of MotoGP racing is a richly funded, high-stakes microcosm where the best of the best do battle on million-dollar machines. But the Grand Prix world stage isn’t entirely inaccessible...
Among aficionados of performance automobiles, the emergence of gasoline-electric hybrids and pure-electric vehicles was met with genuine concern: Would the quest for fuel efficiency and environmental...
Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division is infamous for its snarling hot rods infused with track-focused fierceness, but that didn’ t stop the two-wheeled world from scratching its collective head when the...
The crossover sport-utility segment is a favorite for families and active sorts who want practicality delivered in a more attractive and engaging package than so-called mommy vans or that near-...
Spare yet stylishly detailed, the custom bikes of the Factory Metal Works (FMW)evoke 1940s-style bobbers refined by modern technology. Beginning with original engines, FMW reworks the mills for...
Assouline reveals prized automobiles from the last 100 years, showcasing rare cars owned by Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso, and Elvis Presley, among others, in its limited edition anthology, The...
Small cars are (at last) on a roll in America. The BMW-wrought Mini Cooper proved beyond any doubt that an economical small car could transcend its humble station and catch the eye of the leisure...
Ian Thomson was at a crossroads. He was six years into his ownership of a 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 and beginning to grow tired of the car. He needed something fresh, but the thought of dropping $100,...
BMW is introducing a 4-cylinder vehicle to the United States this fall for the first time in more than a decade. The $50,000 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster ( www.bmwusa.com ) is also the first U.S. model...
The 458 Italia is a shocking demonstration of just how much improvement can be brought to an...
West Richland, Wash., isn’t Modena, Italy, or Stuttgart, Germany, or Molsheim, France. But West Richland–based Shelby SuperCars is very serious about speed. Specifically, the boutique sports car...
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe is hardly short on looks, and thanks to the wizards at the company’s in-house speed shop, AMG, it’s no slouch in the performance department, either. On the capable...
It’s no surprise that, on the heels of its sold-out R8 GT supercar, Audi would reveal an open-top version based on the R8 Spyder—but that doesn’t diminish the thrill of its arrival. As they did with...
Few cars enjoy such a loyal following as BMW famously inspirational M5 sedan, and few events in the automotive world create quite as much excitement as the introduction of a new M5. For 2012, the...

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